The Rack (1956)


“While in some instances society may seem to be responsible for an individual criminal and his crime, this does not release society of the further responsibility of bringing the criminal to justice.” – Maj. Sam Moulton

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A returning war hero and P.O.W. is accused of collaborating with the enemy is put on trial for his actions.

My Take on it – Great premise that resonates even after 65 years.

The film’s script is quite powerful and keeps the viewer hooked from start to finish.

The themes presented here are still relevant and that helps make things somewhat timeless to watch.

They do a wonderful job presenting these themes in a very clear and powerful way that leaves the viewer in shock the whole way through because it’s done in a very powerful way.

The cast is superb with Paul Newman in the lead in one of his earliest lead roles.

Walter Pidgeon, Edmond O’Brien and Lee Marvin also add so much here with their performances.

The dialogue is crisp and fast and the courtroom scenes are quite compelling due to the debates and arguments between the various characters.

The script was expertly written by Rod Sering and is amazing to watch unfold because it is filled with so much suspense and tension.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Rod Serling took nineteen months to complete writing the teleplay, the longest amount of time he ever spent writing a single screenplay. It also took seven rewrites to get to the final version, the most of any of his screenplays. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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